Dedoimedo Ubuntu smartphone contest!

Updated: March 4, 2013; January 1, 2014

A new 2014 contest is underway, please check the details!
The 2013 contest is now over. See Winner announcement section below.

Normally, I am not a big fan of smartphones. Scratch that, I am very much not a fan of smartphones. However, after I heard and saw Mark Shuttleworth present the upcoming mobile devices that will be running Ubuntu on them, for the first time, I was really intrigued with the technology and its potential use.

Indeed, sometime in Q4 2013 or Q1 2014, I will be buying myself one. In fact, I will be buying two devices, one for myself and one for the lucky winner of the Dedoimedo Ubuntu smartphone contest. Please read to see how you can participate and maybe win yourself a handsome smartphone.

What do you need to do?

In order to be eligible to participate, you will have to read my book, The Betrayed, or its sequel, The Broken, and then post a review on Amazon. Basically, the contest has the following three steps:

Send me an email titled: Dedoimedo Ubuntu smartphone contest and state the alias you intend to use for writing a review on Amazon. This will prevent people mailing in their reviews in your name after the fact.

Get yourself a copy of The Betrayed, Book One of The Lost Words, or the sequel. Indeed, this is a stellar opportunity to announce Book Two, which will be titled The Broken, and will be released to stores in a few months.

Write a review of at least 50 words on Amazon, so we avoid situations where people just scribble something like 'liked it' and move on. I can spot fakes and will disqualify them. Moreover, I expect an HONEST review, good or BAD, it does not matter, and will not affect your chances for success.

If you are a fantasy fan and/or love reading books and would like to get a free smartphone, this is a great opportunity for you to participate.

Other terms & notes

You can increase your chances of winning if you post a review of both The Betrayed and The Broken. This will double your vote count. Your votes will be counted only if your reviews are accompanied with the Verified Amazon purchase tag. You can read either Paperback or Kindle edition, whichever you prefer.

The contest will run until December 31, 2013. If the Ubuntu smartphone does not get released as a product to market, I will convert the winning price to an equivalent Android phone.

At the end of the contest, I will randomly select the winner based on the chronological appearance of relevant reviews on Amazon and cast the vote using the Perl random function after seven rolls of dice, to increase the randomness effect.

The winner will receive an unopened boxed product shipped directly to their address. If the prize cannot be shipped to a certain location on the globe, they will receive an equivalent value as a voucher or a gift certificate for use at their own discretion. Local postal taxes will be handled by the winner, if any.

Note: If you have already read The Betrayed and posted a review in the past, you will be able to participate in the contest by writing a review on The Broken, the second book, which is going to be released in approx. 2-3 months.


For illustration purposes only, here's an image taken from the Ubuntu site:

Ubuntu smartphone mockup


This contest is not sponsored by Canonical. This is my own personal effort at promoting Linux-based technology as well as my own creative work in a fun, competitive way. I hope you like this idea.

If the contest goes full swing with a very high number of submissions, I might increase the winning prize to include additional devices. It's Game Theory, and up to you. The more people participate, the better it will get.

There you go, it's up to you now.

Winner announcement

Let us announce the happy winner of this contest. All in all, more than forty people pledged, or had their names pledged to the contest, including the participants of the original my-best-software and the subsequent limerick contests. However, only 22 of them wrote their reviews in time, before the official expiry date of Year 2013. We even had one  exception, of a contestant who could not purchase the book on Amazon due to regional restrictions and whatnot, but they got their book by postal mail and subsequently wrote their opinion on Goodreads.

Anyhow, the winner of the smartphone contest is Christopher Ledbetter. Congratulations. Now, I will contact the winner by email to sort out the last details, like the shipping address and such. Since the Ubuntu smartphone is not yet available, we may agree on a replacement gadget, like one of the popular Android phones, or the happy winner may decide to wait until Canonical does finally release their devices to the world.

And that would be all. Stay tuned for future contests.


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